With the sun becoming increasingly hotter as a result of global warming, sunburns are unfortunately becoming more prevalent throughout the summer months. I recently became victim to a painful burn, and after doing some research, I came across some natural, at-home remedies for sunburns that may be useful to you or someone you know.
MedicineNet.com offers a variety of different options to soothe sunburns using common household ingredients. It suggests placing a cool compress or ice pack on the burnt skin for immediate relief, and further taking a cool shower for a whole-body relief. Regarding baths and showers, the website suggests adding a cup of apple cider vinegar to a bath to help balance out ph levels of the burnt skin, taking an oatmeal bath, applying essential oils to a bath, specifically lavender or chamomile essential oil, adding two cups of baking soda to a bath, and avoiding scented soaps to prevent further irritation.
Lotions and moisturizers that contain aloe vera are likely to provide some relief from a sunburn, and staying hydrated is a good idea. MedicineNet also suggests applying cool milk to the skin to create a protein film on the skin to relieve pain, and also teabags soaked in cold water.
If you’re in a lot of pain, the website recommends taking some sort of aspirin to calm the stinging and/or burning sensation. Personally, a cold shower and aloe vera is the way to go and is what works best for me, but everyone is different, so go with the technique that works best for you and your skin.
Sunscreen is obviously a good idea to prevent sunburns from occurring in the first place, and even if you’re someone who does not typically burn, the sun’s rays are hotter than ever and could still burn your skin. I’m not one to typically burn, and I currently look like a lobster.
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